Whisky Focus - Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old Launched

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old

3rd December 2013
Glenglassaugh launches new 40 year old single malt whisky.

Glenglassaugh distillery today announced the launch of the Glenglassaugh 40 year old single malt whisky.

They tell me the 40 year old has sherry notes complementing the fruit medley and array of spices, it’s typical, classic, gorgeous Glenglassaugh, a 40 year-old marriage of malt and oak and an outstanding representation of this rare and enduring Highland-style dram.

It has an initial run of around 800 bottles but it will be an ongoing product in their range, says Managing Director and Master Blender Billy Walker.

Billy's personal tasting notes below show that this is a truly magnificent malt where flavours and styles interlink beautifully to deliver seductive silky sweetness. Bottled at  a cask strength of 42.5% ABV, non-chill filtered and at natural colour and going by Billy's tasting notes this unique rare expression of Glenglassaugh is full of character and complexity.

Founded in 1875 by local entrepreneur James Moir, Glenglassaugh has stocks dating back to 1963 and was taken over by BenRiach earlier this year. In August, the owners released their first Glenglassaugh bottling - a superb Glenglassaugh 30 year old single malt - and the new 40 year-old continues the Portsoy distillery’s ability to subtly merge tropical fruits with sherry and gentle oak spice.

Billy Walker said: "We’ve inherited some astonishingly fine whisky at Glenglassaugh and we’re delighted to launch our second expression almost nine months after taking over the distillery. There is very strong demand for Glenglassaugh around the world."

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old Tasting Notes

Billy Walker's Tasting Notes:

Colour: Deep gold.

Nose: An abundance of sweet, syrupy tropical fruits; banana, pineapple and mango in perfect harmony with gentle Oloroso sherry.

Palate: Sweet, rich, syrupy and complex. Oloroso sherry, toffee apples, mango and banana sit beautifully in the mouth alongside ginger and cocoa spice.

Finish: Rich, spiced sherry.

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